Pride Parade and Rally a Fun Time!

from NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc.

On Saturday, August 25, over 250 people attended the Pride Parade and Rally. The day’s events were organized by NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. There were three floats and about 14 units in the parade, which stepped off from the Zone Dance Club, went down State Street to Perry Square. The rally in Perry Square had 23 info tables and vendors. Speakers and performers included Rhiannon Angelina, current reigning Miss Erie; Laurie Finch of LBT Women of Erie, who was also celebrating her 11th anniversary with her wife Janice Hanusik that day, Michelle Michaels, local drag icon; singer Collis Allen; Melanie Shubitowski, President of Erie Sisters; Misty Kall, 2011 Miss Erie; Ebony Davis, board member of Greater Erie Alliance for Equality; Lake Erie Belly Dance; Michael Mahler, for NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. and Erie Gay News; singer/guitarist Bob Bearfield; Rich McCarty, board member of Equality PA; and singer/guitarist Jay Bones. Once again, the Dunk a Drag booth was a crowd favorite. NW PA Pride Alliance thanks all of the donors and volunteers who made the event such a success! A special thanks to Ben from Seven Springs, PA for providing and driving the lead float in the Parade!

Those who would like to buy a print of Pride Parade/Rally or the Pre-Pride Parade Performance Party photos should contact Michael Coleman at (717) 525-0176 (please leave a voice mail if no answer) or email

The next two events being organized are an LGBT contingent in the Edinboro Homecoming Parade on October 6, and a candidate forum at the Zone Dance Club, 133 W 18th St, Erie PA on Sunday, October 14 at 8 PM. Hope to see you at either/both of these! For more info, contact Michael Mahler at (814) 456-9833 or


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